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Meelup Reserve Trail, Dunsborough Trails WA Top Trail Icon

Bush Walk

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Blackwood River Valley, Bunbury Geographe & Collie, Great Southern, Margaret River Region, Southern Forests

  • Half day
  • 7 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 3

The Meelup Reserve Trail is a beautiful serene 7 km coastal walk that traverses along the north-facing Geographe Bay. This lovely bush track is a moderately easy walk consisting mainly of a limestone and granite path decorated with stunning white sandy turquoise bays and pristine bushland.

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Trail Start

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Old Dunsborough, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, 255km (2.5 - 3 hours) south of Perth

Trail End

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Eagle Bay

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A walk along this trail will take you to isolated petite bays and coves through to the famous and popular bays and beaches that have facilities such as picnic areas, barbecues, showers and toilets.

The trail starts just off Hurford Street in Old Dunsborough where the Meelup Nature Reserve begins. The trail will take you past Curtis Bay, Castle Rock, Castle Bay, the famous picturesque Meelup Beach, Point Picquet and finishes at Eagle Bay.

Most of the beaches along this track are renowned swimming beaches and are particularly inviting with their calm turquoise water. Small reefs and rocky outcrops provide good snorkelling. On the trail there’s plenty of wildlife and wildflowers in spring. The track has numerous whale watching vantage points along the way and is a great spot to see whales from September to December.

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Time / Duration

3-4 hours

Length

7 km each way

What To Pack

Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails) required.

Trail Start

Old Dunsborough, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, 255km (2.5 - 3 hours) south of Perth

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Trail End

Eagle Bay

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Bush Walk

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Hazards & Warnings

Sections of trail with steep cliffs and unpatrolled beaches. Beware of snakes in summer – December to February

Facilities

Wheelchair accessible from Meelup to next car park
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Water Access Points

Trail Access

Road or bus

Prohibited Items

No pets permitted
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3 trail goers have rated Meelup Reserve Trail, Dunsborough as 4.67 out of 5!

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Annique Lee

Reviewed 6 Aug 2021, 3:05pm

This hike was amazing. I had a beautiful sunny winter's day on my side. The sound of the waves, the fresh smell of the bush and sound of the soft breeze blowing through the trees and the little birds flying overhead was healing to the soul. I loved the the beach at Curtis Bay. The track is well signed, however just after Point Picquet, there was an area of rock that the track opened to with no sign and no trail in view other than a little track the led you to cross the road and enter the beach. It did not take me long to realise my mistake and headed back and found the trail again. If I was to do it again, I would only do Dunsborough to Point Picquet, from that point on you cannot see the coastline, just a bush walk. However I had set myself a goal, and I did it. Please note that it should be noted that the trail starts at the corner of Gifford Road and Hurford Street, where you can leave your car safely.
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Marco Zecca

Reviewed 29 Jan 2016, 7:29pm

A couple of hidden gorgeous bays are nestled in this scenic easy walk, turquoise calm waters perfect for a swim!
Sally Westlake

Reviewed 25 Apr 2014, 1:30pm

dunsborough to Meelup is a very pretty walk and suitable for all ages, there is fun rock scrambling for the kids if they want too and pretty little bays. Carry water and a snack, and decent shoes.

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